There’s nothing better than a good book for losing yourself and leaving life’s worries at the door. Except, perhaps, for an incredible holiday to a brand new destination. If you’re a bona fide bookworm with a touch of wanderlust in your soul, why not make one of these literary locations your next big escape?
Tread in the steps of famous animal lover Gerald Durrell with a visit to colourful Corfu. This land of rugged cliffs, off the coast of northwest Greece, was the star of Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, a semi-fictional account of his family’s exploits after they moved to the enchanting island. With verdant hills, imposing fortresses and charming medieval lanes, encircled by crystalline waters coloured fifty shades of blue, there’s something for everyone on this resort-studded island.
There’s no destination in the world that epitomises glitz and glamour more than New York, the city that never sleeps. Just have a flick through the Champagne-drenched pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby, which documents the Roaring Twenties when NYC high society kicked up their heels at decadent parties each weekend, all to a soundtrack of jazz. Get your steps in visiting Central Park, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty to see these film set pieces come to life, before relaxing on one of New York’s many roof terraces with a well-deserved glass of bubbly in hand.
The romance of Greek Island Kefalonia offered the ideal setting for the popular Louis de Bernières novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. While the blossoming relationship between a young Italian officer and a Greek doctor’s daughter takes centre stage in the book, the story simply wouldn’t be the same without the richly documented descriptions of Kefalonia’s breathtaking vistas, dreamy beaches and quaint harbour villages. Prepare to fall in love.
Agatha Christie, the queen of the murder mystery, had a particular fascination with Egypt and even based her popular novel, Death on the Nile, in this mysterious country. A cruise along the world’s longest river allows you to pass through the beating heart of Egypt, absorbing and observing the energy of the exotic capital as you relax on board, novel in hand.
Alex Garland’s backpacker classic, The Beach, has inspired many a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed traveller to book a ticket to South East Asia. A story of wanderlust, bloodlust and a vision of paradise gone horribly wrong, the jewel-coloured seas, exotic culture and ambience of adventure that characterises the ‘banana pancake trail’ provides the perfect backdrop for the action to unfurl. Start your Thai experience in magnetic Bangkok before heading south to the glorious islands of sedate Koh Lanta, energetic Koh Pha Ngan or tiny Koh Tao.
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